Simone Felice left the Felice Brothers as a full-time member a few years back but you can occasionally see him pop up as a surprise guest at certain shows. His time away from the group has given him the opportunity to pursue some other musical ventures that he would not have been able to do if he stayed on as their drummer. So there was a bit of adjustment time but now the group is back firing on all cylinders and Simone has been busy working on his own solo career.
Shortly after leaving The Felice Brothers Simone had formed the group The Duke & The King and toured the world with them, releasing a few albums along the way. Following that project he decided to work on a pure solo album and tour and he’s been hard at work ever since. Throughout the past few years he has seen medical complications and band breakups but he still soldiers on and has a compelling way of winning over just about anyone. Below are a collection of links to recent reviews and interviews regarding Simone and his solo career. You can check out an excerpt from one of the interviews where Simone discusses the motivation for the solo album:
This is your first solo album. How did you decide to release a solo album and how does it differ from your work with Duke and the King, and the Felice Brothers?
Simone: In the summer of 2010, I had emergency open heart surgery, and I almost died. A month after that, my first child, my daughter Pearl, was born. Needless to say, it was the summer that turned my world upside down. I was fortunate enough to be a part of some wonderful groups and great records, including the Avett Brothers and the Duke & the King. That near-death experience and having my daughter come into the world inspired me and gave me courage to tell my own story. My brothers, my friends, everyone around me really pushed me to do it, and I’m really happy I did it. I feel free as an artist, no constraints, and I can just really be myself. Come what may, you know?
Links to full interviews/reviews below:
- Live concert review from London in April of 2012 by Uncut.co.uk
- Interview with Simone Felice conducted by Jambands.com from May 2012
- Interview with Simone Felice about his solo effort conducted by GoUpstate.com
- Short interview and live performance (streaming mp3) with Simone from May 2012
- Simone Felice interview with the DCist.com